Gonna try and give you guys all the details on this, but I apologize in advance due to the vagueness...
Today, as usual...I had my Jeep stuck in the snow in my driveway. Thanks to the 35mph winds all day today, we had drifts that were nearly as tall as me (and I'm not a midget!).
While stuck, I was in 4 high...I gunned it in first gear and noticed a grinding sound...reminds me of the sound you get when you miss a gear, but not as violent. It just sounded like gears meshing together partway like they were rubbing against each other.
I couldn't get anywhere in 4 high, so I dropped it into 4lo and was able to crawl out...so that brings me to a few different questions...
Is it possible that my t-case linkage is all outta whack? If my t-case was partially engaging, what would my Jeep do (not necessarily what kind of damage would be caused from the gears grinding against each other, but rather...would it cause me to have SOME functioning from the front wheels without them working exactly as they were designed to do? I DEFINITELY have at least some stuff working in the front...as I get a huge boost in traction in 4 high...but am wondering if this could be the reason why I'm getting stuck so much easier than what most people seem to?
I don't notice this grinding in normal driving on slick roads...only when I'm stuck and the tires are spinning. It happens when the clutch is fully released (foot isn't even on it) and the tires are spinning.